Written examination

The written exam is the first stage of the assessment process to gain BSE accreditation (Level II). Written exams are delivered in partnership with Pearson VUE. Candidates can sit their exam at local centres across the UK, Republic of Ireland and in South Africa or via online proctoring- OnVUE.

Upcoming exams

Spring 2021: TTE, ACCE and Congenital Echo was delivered on Tuesday 23 March 2021, candidate results have been uploaded to BSE profiles

Candidates must be paid BSE members and are required to complete pre-registration to register interest to sit the exam.   

Autumn 2021: TTE, ACCE, TOE & Stress Echo will take place on Wednesday 10 November 2021, *11:00 am - 1.30 pm at various Pearson Vue test centres in UK, Republic of Ireland and some overseas areas. Pearson Vue offer online proctored exams that can be taken at home- start times are flexible. Pre-registration (online-see below for instructions) opening on Monday 21 June and closes on Monday 02 August.

*Fixed start time applies if taking exam at a test centre.

Pre-registration for autumn 2021 opening on Monday 21 June and closing on Monday 02 August.

  • All pre-registered candidates are expected to keep BSE membership payments up to date.
  • Any special requirements must be applied for in writing and approved by the BSE Chair of Accreditation. Find out more about test accommodations. 
  • Once pre-registration is complete we will transfer your information to Pearson VUE to confirm your eligibility to sit the exam.
  • Please ensure that when registering that your name should appear exactly as it does on your photograph ID.
  • Pearson Vue have started contacting pre-registered candidates with registration information.

Examination fees 

The examination fee is £250, which covers the written exam, online logbook portal and practical assessment. The fee will be paid through Pearson Vue during the booking time-frame (usually 2-3 months before the exam).

The resit fee is £125. Resits must be taken within 12 months of the first sitting.

What to expect in the written exam

You can find full details of the assessment process, including more information on the theory and imaging sections of the written exam, in the relevant accreditation pack.

Each candidate will have their own monitor and will be able to replay videos during the examination. Full instructions will be provided on the day of the exam. 

Find out more about what to expect in a Pearson VUE test centre.

Examination results

Results will be released 4-6 weeks after the exam. Results are uploaded to member profiles.